Japanese firm picked to deliver new Qatar satellite

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation wins contract to supply Es'hail 2 to Qatar Satellite Co by end of 2016
Japanese firm picked to deliver new Qatar satellite
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 13 Sep 2014 10:53 AM

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has announced that it has been awarded a contract to deliver the Es'hail 2 communications satellite to operator Qatar Satellite Company in Doha.

In-orbit delivery is scheduled for the end of 2016, the company said in a statement.

Mitsubishi Electric added that it is the first Japanese satellite manufacturer to enter the Arab commercial communications satellite market.

With a more than 15-year design life, the Es'hail 2 satellite will offer direct broadcasting services throughout the Middle East and North Africa of television stations such as Al Jazeera and beIN SPORTS.

From the orbital position at 26 degrees east longitude, its Ku-band and Ka-band capabilities will also provide government communication services.

Es'hail 2 will provide the world's first geostationary amateur radio service, the statement said.

"We are delighted to move forward with our new satellite procurement program with Mitsubishi Electric. Es'hail 2 demonstrates the commitment of both our companies to providing premium satellite capacity for broadcasters in the MENA region and to building a sustainable satellite industry for the state of Qatar," said Ali Ahmed Al Kuwari, CEO of Es'hailSat.

Mitsubishi Electric will also deliver the ground systems and training services in order to provide Es'hailSat a full turnkey solution.

Es'hail is the Arabic name of a star visible in late summer, said to be a happy omen of fine weather.

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